Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Spreading Democracy: More From Abu Ghraib













Via the Sydney Morning Herald: "the photographs America doesn't want seen." Here, the story of Australian TV station SBS showing these latest graphic images (linked online here via Raw Story).

Update: More (warning: graphic) photos here in a later story from Salon.

Australian television has broadcast previously unpublished graphic images of the alleged physical abuse of Iraqi prisoners at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.

SBS television's Dateline program screened video and still images of the wounds allegedly inflicted on the Iraqis by their American captors.

They included photographs of blood-soaked Iraqi prisoners who had been tortured or shot dead, footage of a prisoner repeatedly slamming his head into a metal door, and a film of naked male prisoners being forced to masturbate in front of the camera.

The Bush administration is reportedly attempting to prevent release of the images in the US, arguing that their publication could provoke antagonism towards the US. . .

Some antagonism appears to be well-warranted. What's wrong with these people? Why do they persist in their vile spin that it's the publication of photos of torture that is objectionable, not the torture itself? What is wrong with them?

George Negus, host of Wednesday's Dateline program, told SBS viewers it was important to televise the images to make the public aware of what taken place at Abu Ghraib prison.

"Despite the currently overheated international climate, we're showing them because they show the extent of the horror that occurred at Abu Ghraib," Negus said. . .

ACLU lawyer Amrit Singh told Dateline the images were evidence of "systemic and widespread abuse" of prisoners by US soldiers.


As if we already hadn't seen enough. How many Bushist fascists does it take to screw up an entire country?

Not so many.

We've already heard about those who have driven our country into moral AND fiscal bankruptcy.

So, like. What's left?

8 comments:

Puma said...

"There are also pictures of what appear to be burns and wounds from shotgun pellets."

So that's where Cheney got the idea....

Richard said...

I see a dog standing, perhaps barking or even growling, in front on a kneeling man who has a hood on his head. So I'm suppose to feel outrage at this? That guard dogs and prisoners are sometimes very close to one another? (Shocking!) That guard dogs are sometimes used to control prisoner movements? (Oh the Humanity!) I'm really suppose to find this photo offensive? Really?

Lily said...

"Why do they persist in their vile spin that it's the publication of photos of torture that is objectionable, not the torture itself? What is wrong with them?"

There's the point, right there. Right, instead of stopping what we are doing, lets continue our crusade to stop people from hearing about it.

Rory Shock said...

Keep on showing the images ... keep on yelling ... always remember those locked away being tortured ... like the al jazeera reporter in gitmo ... and so many others (amnesty has a piece about him ... link on the chair of compassion post on my site) ... fuck compassion fatigue ... never grow tired of the shout out against this shit ... right on to you ... may the energy always burn in your heart ...
thanks
rory shock

enigma4ever said...

What do we do? How BAD does it have to get...

( thanks for posting on this )

( and I have no idea if this will get through)

Neil Shakespeare said...

What's left? Hmmm. Just the gas chambers, I think.

No Blood for Hubris said...

Richard, dear, you need to follow the links to the graphic pictures . . . this is not a graphic picture, just a new one . . . after you spend some quality time with those, come back here and post your opinion . . .

lily--that's the Bushist way

Rory--hear, hear

e4e--working on those technical issues, I am

neil--gas chambers were quicker, certainly. we like to keep them alive. that's the torture thing. just killing them isn't torture. the making them wish they were dead part, that's the kicker.

No Blood for Hubris said...

Richard, dear, you don't seem to have a comments section. Why would that be?